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PlayStation Home Open Beta Launches Tomorrow

Jack Buser's Avatar + Posted by Jack Buser on Dec 10, 2008 // Senior Director, PlayStation Digital Platforms

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The day we’ve been waiting for is here! And this is just the beginning…

Today we announced that PlayStation Home will enter into open beta, and will be available to everyone tomorrow. This milestone represents the very beginning of a long journey together, as PlayStation Home is an ever evolving, always changing, organic experience — full of new friends to meet, new events to enjoy, and new content to explore.

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If this will be your first time in PlayStation Home, be sure to talk to folks that have been around for a while, as they can show you the ropes. We also have a tutorial built in that will get you started with the controls, as well as help menus for you to reference in the Menu Pad. If you don’t have a USB keyboard or Bluetooth headset paired with your PlayStation 3, now is the time to do so – either option will allow you to easily talk and meet everyone.

One of the first things that you’ll notice that there are always things going on – parties, tournaments, events – some of which will be announced, and some of which that will just happen. You’ve got to be there to be a part of the party, so make sure to log in often to see what is going on.

If you want to know what’s coming up, check out the PlayStation Home forums, as we will be announcing events, tournaments, content updates, and feature revisions there, and by actively participating, you will be the first to know. You’ll also find that the PlayStation Home forums are alive with conversation from the PlayStation Home community discussing everything from feature requests to new clubs to join.

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Many of you will have already seen the news regarding participation in PlayStation Home from your favorite game publishers and brands, including Activision, Disney, Eidos, Electronic Arts, Lucas Arts, THQ and UBISOFT as well as Sony Pictures, Paramount, Red Bull, Ligne Roset, and Diesel. As you can imagine, with this many partners already on board, PlayStation Home will grow rapidly, so you’ll need to check back often to see what is new. We’ll do our best to keep you informed on what is going on, but with so much happening in PlayStation Home, there will always be new surprises and secrets to discover. If we simply told you about everything, then it just wouldn’t be as fun for you to discover…

For those of you that have been in PlayStation Home for a while, I wanted to take a moment to discuss something very cool that you will notice right away. Once you get in, you’ll see that a redesigned Central Plaza is there to greet you – we’ve made major upgrades as a result of your community feedback. Thank you!

First of all, the Central Plaza now features a new 4 player mini-game called “Saucer Pop,” where each player launches a flying saucer from a take-off pad and flies around popping bubbles. These bubbles contain stars that have points attached, but watch out for the bubbles with bombs which will take you out if you’re not careful. You also must keep an eye on your saucer’s fuel gauge and collect bubbles with fuel cells or else you will quickly meet a watery fate. Success is all about the high scores, so good luck out there! I’ve been playing for a while now while we’ve been developing the game, so I’m getting pretty good…for those of you that know me, prepare to pop!

Secondly, you will also see some changes to Listen@Home. Now, you’ll be able to select from a number of songs and vote on your favorites. Which ever song gets the most votes plays for everyone, so be sure to get your voice heard and get down on the dance floor.

I could go on and on about all the cool new things you are going see and find in PlayStation Home, both on day one of open beta and beyond. The important thing to remember is that PlayStation Home will continue to evolve and change overtime, so be sure to get in often so you don’t miss out…

See you in PlayStation Home.

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+ The_Fader on December 11th, 2008 at 8:12 pm said:

i’ve been trying all day and cant get in what a wonderful Public beta launch livve.com go’s down 6 months ago now this oyy


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+ GregD on December 11th, 2008 at 9:04 pm said:

i’ve been a closed beta tester for awhile now with no problems now thats its gone open and after the update im having trouble getting into it


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+ KUSHman666 on December 12th, 2008 at 12:00 am said:

open betas workin fine now :D


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+ FL_Stud on December 12th, 2008 at 4:25 am said:

Its works fine, its a bit slow, and the stores are kind of empty but all in all its up and running.


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+ KEMA on December 12th, 2008 at 7:48 am said:

IS IT JUST ME OR IS THIS CRAP?! I DOWNLOADED THE SOFTWARE, AND NEW UPDATE ONLY TO BE STUCK AT THIS CRAPPY WARNING HDD ACCESS SCREEN FOR THE PAST FEW HOURS! WHAT THE HELL!


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+ Mindfuct on December 12th, 2008 at 10:27 am said:

Audio/visual in our home’s.Imagine a PS3,L.C.D. and speakers.Sorry neighbors.


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+ RavenX on December 12th, 2008 at 3:05 pm said:

Great…
Fantastic…
Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut…

I’m Brazilian and still need to use an US PSN account to use HOME (and also Store).

When SONY will provide HOME access to brazilian PSN Accounts?


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+ ilkhani on December 13th, 2008 at 3:04 am said:

Hi Jack,

Will SCE ever make a feature that allows people to invite other people from their friendslist on the XMB or inside Home, into a private chat group, and via that group keep a voice chat channel of communication that is exclusive to that group alone.
Then launch into a game, without the voice channel being replaced or broken during any phase?

The main thing here is the universal voice chat feature that continues to work despite the action of different participants.
Recently XBL started offering 8 player universal voice chat that carries over across any action any of the participants take.

When I turn on my PS3 and I want to enjoy an online game with a friend or two from my list, I would like to be able to invite them to a private chat room, which is available on the XMB, but also have that chat room carry over into the game without failing.
Right now the voice chat feature is automatically asking to shutdown when you try to launch a game, making it a non universal tool for games and a feature used for “phone-calls”.
I still believe strongly that the PSN team needs to fix the 2D side of things (XMB) before moving on with the 3D, which is Home.

Thank you if you read this.
Congratulations on Home by the way.


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+ whitegoat_1130 on December 13th, 2008 at 3:30 am said:

man the home icon still isnt showing up on my XMB i have the latest update, restarted my PS3, have internet connection, been doing the same thing since december 11. what am i doing wrong?


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+ quudiye on December 13th, 2008 at 4:07 pm said:

Hi everyone, i’m new to here this my firt time dat im using dis blog, and de reason is, that i’m having problems on my PSHome beta, when ever i try to log in is not loging in, it says ‘the service is lost’this is not just me i asked my freinds about this matter and they all said we have same problem as u had. so can anyone undertand what is going on,


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+ lucifer_morgan on December 14th, 2008 at 10:42 pm said:

I got PS#-Home 2day…. bt it dosnt connect, saying server error “time out or it dosnt exist”… :S

does it mean there is no servers in Australia yet??? :S it weird


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+ Speedybull on December 17th, 2008 at 3:53 pm said:

Cool I am the flyist


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+ koopa2006 on December 17th, 2008 at 8:31 pm said:

i Know I might Be hated After i Post This But i Think It might come down this

I really think with all the features Home Has and Is planning That you Should Make some Stuff Pay Not Every little thing Just some stuff cause i know your servers are going to take a beating even the first day and when it comes i will salute PlayStation for the momentous achievements that Sony has come through from being number one in my life since the release of playstation 1 to ps3 the baby of my life


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+ NightHawk560 on December 18th, 2008 at 9:15 am said:

ps3 rocks and again proven how much i hate microsoft,
virtual city where you can get together, so beyond what the other guys are doing, i can’t wait for something like a virtual
amusement park or football game, seems to be endless possibilities, you guy keeps satisfying, keey up the great work!!!!


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